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Calling Satan’s Bluff Part 2

I don’t have any point form facts to illustrate how you can call Satan’s bluff, but I can speak from my own little experience and faith.

 

Know that Satan Exists

 

I can’t stress this point much more. One of the biggest deceives Satan has ever pulled is convincing the world he never exists. Ironically many people know this phrase, but few realize how deep this meaning is. 

 

Knowing that he exists creates an initial awareness, and this awareness is extremely important in the first step.

 

Know that Satan can’t make you do things

 

Satan can only tempt, he can only suggest, that’s all he can do. Why most people end up doing sinful things is simply because they allow themselves to take an action that has been suggested by satan. Satan tempted Jesus but yet he couldn’t “control” him physically. He couldn’t push him down the cliff etc.

 

If your faith in Christ is strong, you can always shrug this off. That’s why it’s important to ask God’s spirit to dwell in you. The Holy Spirit helps you discern what’s right and wrong…yes I know for a fact all of us know stealing and cheating on your girlfriend is wrong, but at that moment, your human reasoning and judgement somewhat gets jammed and that’s why when temptation arises, we need to switch to Holy Spirit mode.

 

Read the Word

 

Reading truthful scriptures is probably one of the strongest “medicine” to counter the devil. I was just reading Jesus’ encounter with Satan during His 40 days in the desert and I noticed he rebuked satan with scripture. He didn’t tell Satan to go away at the first attempt. He always began his counter-arguments with “it is written”… i.e referring to the Holy Book.

 

You see when you use God’s word against Satan, he becomes mute and leaves you. Yes you may have heard cases where people use God’s word against Satan during trials and temptations, but I honestly think that’s because Satan knows that these Christians are not strong in the faith; that they’re merely quoting scripture for the sake of quoting. There is doubt in their minds and Satan leverages on that. I know this, simply because I’ve done it before. You need to believe wholeheartedly and with strong conviction that the God’s word is the absolute truth.

 

While they are many truths in the bible that addresses this issue, I just want to highlight a scripture verse which I think is important:

 

….and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it…” 1: Cor 10:13

 

There are 3 significant meanings in this one sentence.  First, God is faithful, and because he is faithful he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your temptation limits and third, he has an escape route for you.

 

So if God does not allow us to be tempted beyond our limits, why do we sin then? Well that’s because we fall prey to Satan’s lies.

 

There’s no harm checking out that hot waitress

 

You’re just gonna steal this once, so why fret over it?

 

These are all common suggestions that Satan puts in our heads and we just fall for them flat. If we have enough faith in Him who is the truth, such thoughts would just hit a brick wall 😉 and to top it off, there’s an escape route for you! Mine is always to start singing a praise song, or just read a book to clear it off. Sometimes I also pray. A word of caution when you pray though; do not pray to ask God to deliver you cuz I find it than more often than ever, your mind starts thinking about it again and this time the urge becomes stronger! So just say a general prayer, or just sit quietly with the Lord and just blank your mind. Don’t worry, God knows how to calm a sea ;), he’ll know how to calm your heart without you needing to ask for it.

 

There are more scripture verses on temptation here

 

Choose your friends wisely

 

 

The bible mentions many times that we need the support of the people around us to help us journey through our life in faith. That’s why it’s very very important you choose with who you mingle with.  

 

I’ve learnt this the hard way. It’s not that I did not have any chrisitan friends or anything like that, but I just hung out with people who looked normal, friendly, easy-going and helpful on the outside and later on, as you get more acquainted with them, you start finding out how they think and how they view life, and by then, there will be a chance that you might compromise your beliefs just to “fit in”. I did that during my student days and honestly, I didn’t know what I was thinking.

 

So choose your friends wisely. Be with those who can have a positive impact in your life and those who walk with faith. I can’t stress this enough, but it’s really crucial especially we younger folks to have a circle of friends that believes in God and have faith in Him.

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Calling Satan’s Bluff Part 1

Once again this is a 2 part post!

 

Satan is real you know; yup he’s as real as God is. And lets face it, we don’t live in an easy world today. The whole notion of conforming to being “open minded” and liberal has caused many to fall and lose track of their faith and belief in Christ.

 

For the young people, I have to point blank admit, we are having it really tough. We were raised and continue to live in a culture where we think that God is a superficial being. Even during my university days, my best friend who was a strong Christian would tell me how much he struggles in his classics and English class when it comes to discussing issues like faith and God. He tells me how students, while they were raised in a chrisitan background and know about the bible do not believe in the existence of God. And to further fuel it, we have some professors bringing their beliefs that “God does not exist” to the classroom.

 

Scary, I mean all this are literally Satan’s lies. I’m intrigued yet frightened to see how Satan’s schemes have crept into our society for so long. Yes you may not see pentagram graffiti on the sidewalk or a cartoon illustration of the “Goathead” in newspapers.

 

But yet, just look around you, Satan’s works are just about everywhere. From placing high value on materialistic possessions and having “self-centered” goals to porn shops and strip clubs, we are indeed living in a dangerous world.

 

And you know what the worst part is? We don’t even know it. And we’ll never see the danger of it if we’re constantly pressured to have an open mind and be encouraged to “change with the times”. I know this first hand because I was a victim myself. I thought pornography was fine and while I didn’t totally accepted it with open arms, I would often just shrug it off whenever I would hear someone talking about porn.

Ahh…just normal guy talk!

 

But can you see how dangerous that thought is! I didn’t see that for years until now. I thought pre-marital sex was totally acceptable and indulging in “self seeking pleasures” were fine until lately when I began re-examing my faith.

 

Yes satan is as deadlier than you can imagine!

 

However given the way things are, there is still always hope. Despite the fallen world we live in, there is still a God and no He hasn’t left nor given up on us.

In part 2, I’ll talk about simple steps that can be taken to call Satan’s bluff.